Join me in my studio at the bottom of the garden in Long Eaton near Nottingham. 


If you stitch, applique, weave or use punch needle, at some point you'll want to take inspiration from what is around you and translate that into a design for textiles. I wll take you through the process of gathering from nature, and then looking at your inspiration to capture the textures, colours and patterns. Through a series of drawing and collage exercises you can begin to create your own designs. For me, it's about telling stories of what is happening in nature. I seldom work from photos and I will encourage you to connect with the source material, and explore different ways of drawing until we capture a sense of design. The day will be supportive, with lots of encouragement to help you put pencil to paper. It is not about accurate drawing but about looking for shapes and symbols in nature so you can find your creative flow and create a design that you can then realise in whatever textiles or stitch project you choose.


We will work through a series of drawing exercises to loosen your style, and to develop hand-eye coordination. You will end the day with a series of exploratory drawings and techniques that you can use at home to develop your creative confidence and make more dynamic marks. I hear 'I cant draw' so often and I want to show you that you can, and that drawing is a process of discovery and design. 


Please bring a sketchbook (A4ish) and some basic drawing equipment - pencils, fineliner, paper scissors and a pritt stick.


The day runs from 10 to 4. Places in my studio are limited to 6. You'll get to see where I work, my inspirations and books. Access is at ground level but the loo is upstairs so please consider this if you have any mobility issues. Materials are provided as well as refreshments through out the day. Please bring a packed lunch.




Draw to Stitch - June 20th 2020

  • You can cancel upto four weeks before the event and receive a full refund. Up to two weeks before the event you can receive a refund for half the amount. After that no refund can be given. 


    My studio is at the bottom of the garden behind my house in Long Eaton. The access is at ground level, with single steps at various points. The toilet is accessed through the house and is on the frist floor. Please advise me at time of booking if you have any mobility issues that you may need support with.

    Age limit: 

    The course is designed for adults and is suitable for any one over the age of 16.


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